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Evening Line- Sidney Crosby

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“I find it hard as a fan watching. You don’t really know what’s legal and what’s not. ’m sure, as players, it’s even more frustrating when they’re trying their best to not hurt the quarterback and they’re still getting penalties for it.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more.

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Top 50 NHL Players - TSN Style

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

TSN’s Top 50 poll nearly mirrored a preseason consensus from NHL players. In an anonymous player poll conducted at the Player Media Tour in Chicago, 27 of 32 players said McDavid is the best player in the game right now. 

That echoed player voting from the Ted Lindsay Award, when the 21-year-old McDavid received the ultimate endorsement of his peers by being named most outstanding player two years running, the youngest player in league history to earn the honour in consecutive seasons.

more with the Top 50 list...

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Notes On The Detroit Red Wings

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Four preseason games down, four to go before the tough decisions have to be made.

The battle for spots on the Detroit Red Wings blue line continues tonight in Chicago.

Joe Hicketts, Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak are all slated to play against the Blackhawks.

"Libor's been really good, Dennis has been really good. Hicketts probably has been the best of the group so far," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. "Certainly there's four more games left. I thought that was Hronek's best game (Sunday) night. He can produce offense, too, so I think it's a good thing those guys are all really pushing. I'd say it's still wide open and there's obviously a couple spots open with (Mike Green) out to start the year. We'll see where next two games take us."

Hronek, who was on the AHL's All-Rookie team last year, has one assist in two games but is still finding his way.

"It's hard a little bit," Hronek admitted after Tuesday's morning skate. "I don't feel great. I try to do my best. I didn't feel comfortable yet. It's still the start of the season."


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Tuesday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Kevin Bieksa said Tuesday that he was talking to an NHL team as recently as two weeks ago about something for this season, but ultimately said no because it meant living alone too far from his family. “My wife (Katie) is very supportive about me playing if I want to. Same with my father and my brothers. Saying no was not their decision. But being away from my children at this time in their lives is not something I’m interested in at this point in their lives.”

His son is turning 11, his daughter nine. He’s taking them to school every day, attending their extra-curricular pursuits, happy to be a dad. “I’m not retired, but it would have to be something close to home (California).”...

- In the 31 Thoughts podcast with Jeff Marek, Henrik Zetterberg admitted he traded sticks with a few long-time opponents towards the end of last season. “Some of those notes I wrote,” the Detroit captain said, “I think those guys probably knew that could be it.” He didn’t want to say who was involved, but under ferocious questioning, dropped a couple names.

“There’s a few guys you play a lot against throughout the years. (Sidney Crosby) is one of them. Obviously we had our battles throughout the years and he is a player that I respect a lot. (Joe) Thornton is another one that is outlasting me, but we had some good fights against each other.” There is a well-known story about Crosby using a photo of Zetterberg holding the Stanley Cup after Detroit’s 2008 victory over the Penguins as motivation during training for the next season. Zetterberg is skeptical that it is true. (It is.)

- Don’t get too excited about week one exhibition results. Now the lineups are filled with more legit NHLers, and those who seriously think they’ve got a chance to get there. This is a truer indication. We’re going to find how ready those who had good first weeks like Evan Bouchard (Edmonton), Dillon Dube (Calgary) and Max Lajoie (Ottawa) are.

 a bit more on Bieksa plus a boat load of Thoughts...

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Video- From The Wings Today

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If any other videos appear from post-morning skate, I will post them here.



added 2:40pm, Zadina and Blashill are below.

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Afternoon Line- Matt Duchene

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added 1:40pm, Watch Duchence with his statement below.

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Jeff Blashill With A Health Update And His Views On Joe Veleno

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Detroit Waivers

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per Renaud Lavoie tweet,

Detroit waivers,

Harri Sateri, Chris Terry and Jake Chelios.

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Ranking Jimmy Howard

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Goalie rankings in tiers, with the #1 tier being the best.

Jimmy Howard is listed as a tier 5 goalie.

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

... here’s a breakdown of the 10-person panel, one that was given anonymity to encourage honesty: Five NHL general managers, two NHL head coaches and three goalie coaches. The results were averaged and divided into tiers.

27. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Average rating: 3.30

To his credit, Howard has re-invented his game and modernized it while providing a steady presence for the rebuilding Red Wings. But at 34 years old, his issues staying healthy probably aren’t going anywhere.

He’s entering a contract year so he’ll be motivated and could be available for contending teams looking for a short-term fix in goal.

“I like him,” said an Eastern Conference GM. “He was really good last year. It’s going to be really hard on him with that team this season...."

more ($$$) goalies listed in tiers...

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Playoff Hopes For The Calgary Flames May Depend On The Play Of Mike Smith

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from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Given his advanced age and injury history, Smith represents the biggest question mark as the Flames look to bounce back into the playoffs.

Should he return to being the all-star he was the first half of last season, the Flames needn’t worry as much about the unproven backup goaltending Jon Gillies or David Rittich will supply.

However, should he come up lame with a groin-area injury as he did last February, this team could be in trouble.

"I just tried to do too much," said Smith in an honest assessment of why, upon his return late last season, he struggled mightily to right a sinking ship.

"Sometimes it’s hard not to. With the mentality I have it sort of creeps into my game every once in awhile. I’m still learning at age 36.

"I’ll apply that to this year and worry about things I can control. It was frustrating not making the playoffs and I think the group in here is motivated to turn that around this year."


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